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Attack on Leningrad [Blu-ray] (2009)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ent. One Music
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DEUF1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winter, 1941. World War II rages on as Nazi troops invade the Soviet Union and besiege the devastated city of Leningrad. Foreign journalists are quickly evacuated, but in the chaos that ensues, Kate Davies (Mira Sorvino) is left behind. Isolated and alone, Kate joins up with a small band of resistance fighters, and together they battle to survive.

Bonus Features:
Interview with Director Alexander Buravsky, Heroes Under Siege: The Making of Featurette

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The World War II presentation "Attack on Leningrad" takes a harrowing real life subject and should have been a powerful and unforgettable movie experience. Wanting to be a historical epic, a sweeping romance, and a heart-rending tragedy--the film, ultimately, falls short on all fronts. It's a real shame, too. Setting a personal story amidst the siege on Leningrad, where German troops isolated the city for nearly 900 days as its inhabitants starved to death, seems like a can't miss proposition to tell a devastating and important tale of survival and perseverance. But this Russian production fails to shed much light as either a personal story or as a tribute to a great city (which is certainly what director Alexander Buravsky must have intended). Populating the cast with international actors including Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne, and Armin Mueller-Stahl further upped my expectations for a truly memorable experience. Sadly, though, the movie flounders at its most basic element--the screenplay.

Sorvino plays an English journalist covering the war in the Soviet Union. On a routine excursion, her unit is attacked and she is presumed dead. When she is subsequently found by a female member of the Leningrad militia, her death has already been reported and the superior officers don't want to contradict their statements. Taking up residence with the soldier, the two women form a grudging friendship and Sorvino (now under an assumed identity) connects with various neighbors where conveniently language differences do not hamper communication efforts. Of course, two plucky Russian children are in the mix (one is even disabled) to maximize emotional impact. Living conditions continue to deteriorate and circumstances become dire as everyone dreams of escape.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess I'll be the only one to give it five stars November 13, 2011
Why five stars? I watched this movie immediately after reading Harrison Salisbury's 900 Days. I found the movie to be quite historically accurate, if The 900 Days is accurate, which I presume it is. I was gripped and engaged emotionally by the movie. I felt that it gave a sense of what it must have been like in Leningrad in autumn 1941 and winter 1942. This movie had the best--coldest, snowiest--winter scenes of any movie I can recall.

In response to some other reviewers: Of course the actors did not look like they were starving. They can only do so much in a movie. Tom Hanks did not look sick enough to have AIDS either in Philadelphia. There are natural limits to what actors can do. Also, a lot was left out of Attack on Leningrad. The siege lasted almost 900 days but the movie only takes place during the first (and worst) part. Again there is only so much that can be portrayed in two hours. You know, unity of time and place, etc.

One thing that no one else mentions is that this is one of the few movies in which all the main characters and heroes are women. I would say of the movies I've seen, this is the finest portrayal of women, their courage and engagement. For this alone I would give it five stars. The very first scene, during the credits, is an amazing portrayal of a woman's courage and domination in combat. She pulls a gun on a hesitant officer and threatens to shoot him if does not lead his men in a charge against the Nazis. They do get out of their trenches and drive back the enemy only to be routed by oncoming tanks. Again, this scene itself was worth five stars. I have never seen anything like that involving women in any other movie ever. There are several other scenes involving the same female character being active, engaged, and heroic. But also feminine at times.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starving, Freezing & Dying at Leningrad! April 9, 2010
I'm a fan of WWII films and always in search of new ones from whatever origin. This is a Russian movie and it is a real grand war film, even with some minor flaws.
"Leningrad" (2009) is a movie reflecting the incredible suffering of civil population inside the besieged city. At the same time criticizes the Communist Regime and pay homage to heroic Russian people.

The story is about a British reporter accidentally stranded at Leningrad without papers. There she meets a sympathetic militia-woman that risks all to help her survive and try, eventually, to return to Moscow.
Kate shares the daily life of a group of civilians subject to incredible odds: a constantly reducing food ration, freezing cold, no electricity, no phones, no heating, no medical aid, and no nothing!
The film gives a very realistic depiction of how a human reacts under these extreme conditions.

Playacting is really very good, Mira Sorvino as Kate Davis and Olga Sutulova as Nina Svetkova are over-par.

Director Aleksandr Buravsky delivers a poignant film, photography and musical score are very good and reconstruction of Leningrad under siege is outstanding.

It is a great movie for all those interested in war films and general public too!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed but Ultimately Deeply Moving Film October 25, 2011
'Some fight. Others fall. All are heroes.' ATTACK ON LENINGRAD as written and directed by Aleksandr Buravsky does indeed address one of the longest and costliest sieges in the history of war. History books relate it as follows: 'This was undoubtedly the most tragic period in the history of the city, a period full of suffering and heroism. For everyone who lives in St. Petersburg the Blokada (the Siege) of Leningrad is an important part of the city's heritage and a painful memory for the population's older generations. Less than two and a half months after the Soviet Union was attacked by Nazi Germany, German troops were already approaching Leningrad. The Red Army was outflanked and on September 8 1941 the Germans had fully encircled Leningrad and the siege began. The siege lasted for a total of 900 days, from September 8 1941 until January 27 1944. The city's almost 3 million civilians (including about 400,000 children) refused to surrender and endured rapidly increasing hardships in the encircled city. Food and fuel stocks were limited to a mere 1-2 month supply, public transport was not operational and by the winter of 1941-42 there was no heating, no water supply, almost no electricity and very little food. In January 1942 in the depths of an unusually cold winter, the city's food rations reached an all time low of only 125 grams (about 1/4 of a pound) of bread per person per day. In just two months, January and February of 1942, 200,000 people died in Leningrad of cold and starvation. Despite these tragic losses and the inhuman conditions the city's war industries still continued to work and the city did not surrender. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done
This movie is made and produced in Russia, based on a true story. Mira Sorvino gives and excellent performance as the lead female. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Delight
4.0 out of 5 stars i am a history nut, i really like realistic recreations of war scenes
they did very good job of showing what it was really like during the conditions of life in the city. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lee williams
4.0 out of 5 stars who knew this happened
this flick doesn't focus on much combat. it does tell a detailed story of the Russian civilians struggling against starvation as they are cut off and surrounded by the german army. Read more
Published 2 months ago by scagman
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting International Epic
Few westerners know much about the siege of Leningrad during World War Two. This dramatic tale, dolled up with some fictional British characters to make it palatable to an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. M. Neely
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Effort About an Extremely Important War Story
Note: I am an amateur movie critic about to launch a movie critic website, trying to turn professional. All of my reviews will begin with my recommendation and grade. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albert J. Mora
1.0 out of 5 stars It did not play on my DVD player.
It was not made clear that the format was for overseas DVD players and would not play on my USA player.
Published 10 months ago by David Dinan
3.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Leningrad Redux
This movie is interesting as a fictional vehicle for a terrible and glorious 3-year landmark of 20th. century history: siege/defense of Leningrad during Hitler's Fall Barbarossa. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marc E. Manis
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood of History
the story was a "Hollywood" type movie. Did not see too much of the real history of the Attack on Lenningrad I was somewhat disappointed that the movie was more a "love... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lennie Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars the terible loss
the irony of war and the terrible loss of life cruelties beyond belief' the visual effectswere superb a historical piece of work a true classic of the ages
Published 12 months ago by George Petruncio
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Service and Excellent Film
The disc arrived in good time and in good condition. Despiute the fact it was a Russian film I had no problem understanding it although sometimes the captions were a little short... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick Howard
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